Tours

Boat Tours

Both Sweeney's and Cruise Loch Lomond offer a range of tours. For cruises along the River Clyde, contact Glasgow Tourist Information Centre for details.

Cruise Loch Lomond. Based in Tarbet on Loch Lomond's western shore, this company offers tours that include the picturesque village of Luss to the west and journeys towards the eastern shore at Inversnaid and Balmaha, sailing around the island of Inchcailloch. Glasgow City. 1301/702356; www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk. From £13.

Sweeney's Cruise Co. Loch Lomond. This company offers a range of cruises on Loch Lomond, departing from Balloch Pier at the southern end of the loch. Tours sail toward the two main islands, Inchmurrin and Inchcailloch, with views of Ben Lomond. Glasgow City. 1389/ 752376; www.sweeneyscruiseco.com. From £12.

Bus Tours

The Glasgow Tourist Information Centre can give information about city tours and about longer tours northward to the Highlands and islands.

City Sightseeing. Daily hop-on, hop-off bus tours of Glasgow in open-topped double-decker buses are offered by City Sightseeing. The full tour lasts just under two hours, with an English-speaking guide aboard and a multilingual commentary. Tours begin at George Square. City Centre, Glasgow, Glasgow City. 0141/204–0444; www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk. From £16.

Rabbie's Trail Burners. Choose from a range of well-regarded one-, two-, and three-day minibus tours with guides to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Stirling, and the Highlands. There is also a one-day Outlander tour from Glasgow. Glasgow-based tours depart from George Street beside the City Chambers, near George Square. Glasgow City. 0131/226--3133; www.rabbies.com.

Private Guides

Glasgow Taxis. Few people know the city better than taxi drivers. Glasgow Taxis will organize a guided Mackintosh tour around Glasgow, a Burns tour to Ayrshire, or a trip to Loch Lomond, including pickup and drop-off at your place of choice. These black cabs carry up to five passengers. City Centre, Glasgow, Glasgow City. 0141/429–7070; www.glasgowtaxis.co.uk. From £45 per taxi.

Little's Chauffeur Drive. You can arrange personally tailored car-and-driver tours, both locally and throughout Scotland. Glasgow City. 0141/883–2111; www.littles.co.uk.

Scottish Tourist Guides Association. The association provides qualified and accredited Blue Badge Guides with specific areas of expertise; guides also speak a range of languages. Tours start at half a day, and driver guides are available. Book online in advance. Glasgow, Glasgow City. 01786/451953; www.stga.co.uk. From £150 for half-day tours.

Walking Tours

The Glasgow Tourist Information Centre can provide information on a whole range of self-guided walks around the city.

Glasgow Street Art Tour. A two-hour walking tour takes you around Glasgow to view its diverse and often surprising street murals. Tours occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm between June and October. Entrance to the Lighthouse, Mitchell Ln., Glasgow City. www.walkingtoursin.com/street-art-tour. From £10.

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